5.10.2021

Stamps What?! ~ Chicken in!

 

Hi friends!

Just chicken in on this Monday!






Today's card is for the Stamp What?! card challenge

which was started by my son.

You can read how it got the name and beginning here!

It's a whole lot of fun and a great way to get to use some older

stamp sets that have been sittin' around collecting dust!

He choses the stamp set without me seeing it

and then hands it to me unseen and I make the card - like this one!


For May 2021:  Best of Cluck

circa 2005




My friends Barb and Jeanette are joining me in this challenge

again this year and you can see their cards on their blogs today.

AND, I had a wonderful stroke of good luck today!

I signed on this morning to Splitcoaststampers and 

the CAS challenge was a theme of: chickens!

I don't think in all my years of stamping that's ever happened :)

YAY me!


So my card is ... clean and simple!

What is updated?  Not much, honestly!

The DSP is a newest mat stack as are the stitched dies.

I love the look of gingham for farm cards

and was lucky to spot this small 5 x 5 sheet of red dsp.

Here's my stamp set that's been in my collection for YEARS!


And that's it from me!

Thanks so much for stopping by today :)



5.09.2021

3M ~ Daisy Bouquet!

 

Hi friends!

Happy Mother's Day, sweet friends!

If you are a mama, grandma, aunti, fur mama ~

 I hope your day is as special as you are :)




Today's card is for the 3 Musketeers (3M) card group where

Barb, Jeanette and I take turns sending each other a stamped image.

We three make a card, based on that image and

it's always unique and fun and ALWAYS different!

This month, I decided to send them both the actual stamp to keep

instead of just a stamped image :)


And here was the stamp I chose for May:

Rubbernecker Stamps Daisy Bouquet.


You can see what Barb created here

and what Jeanette created here


 I thought it would be pretty to have a flower image for May

since April showers bring May flowers :)

My prankster teenage son would say "No it didn't - it brought Pilgrims!"

Did I mention he's quite the comedian?!

 LOL!



That's it for me today - late as it is!

It's been an amazing Mother's Day for me and a truly fun weekend :)

Our home is always guaranteed to be 2 things:

Full and festive!

I'm truly very VERY blessed :)


Thanks for stopping by!



5.06.2021

CCEE2118 - Baseball!


Hi friends!


There's a new theme at the CCEE Stampers and it's all about baseball!

Liz is our hostess for the month of May.

She says:  "May 6th is Willie Mays' 90th birthday

 so make a baseball themed card or project in his honor. "




So - I decided to keep is simple 

and use one of my Snoopy stamps :)

Oh, how they are SUCH a treasure!

I think these will be in my collection for.eh.ver!



Head over to the CCEE Stampers blog here

and link up your baseball themed cards, too!


Thanks for stopping by!


5.05.2021

24 Hour Blueprints - Round 1!


Hi friends!

There's a new card challenge series on my blog

that you'll be seeing every other month ...

Welcome to 24 Hour Blueprints ~ May 2021!




This was inspired by dear friend, Sheila, 

who had a zoom session with her friends using card sketches.

How it works:

One friend sends the mystery card blueprintss to the others 

and cards are made using those sketches!

BUT!

I'm taking it a step further and included a color palette 

and a theme AND giving only 24 hours to create the cards!


Now that's a challenge :)

First, here are my sketches, colors and theme ...




                         And here are my 3 cards together ...



           To make it fair, I decided NOT to make any cards until

the blueprints were send out with only 24 hours to create.

I could not have known, however, that I'd have

the Mondayest Tuesday ever!

So, I had to create quick and on the fly .. 

and to make it easier,

I chose just one summer theme stamp set:  

Penguins in Paradise from My Favorite Things.

Palm trees, penguins in swim trunks, popsicles?!  

Yes, please!


Here's card #1 based on the sketch:


And card #2 ..


And card #3!




For this one, I took a little creative freedom with the sketch

and flipped it upside down!

I have 2 friends joining me in this new challenge:


and their cards on on their blogs as well!

So scrambling last minute aside, this was actually quite fun!

The idea, I think if I'm understanding it correctly,

is to find your mojo, get inspired to create, and just have a lot of fun

during the creative process while joining good friends!




I sure I hope I passed :)

Thanks for stopping by today!





5.03.2021

One Plus Twelve - May


 Hi friends!

I hope you had a terrific weekend!

Ours was so wonderful, enjoying the kids being home

 and outdoor events and activities and way. too. much. food!

I also got in a wee bit crafting - yay!




Today's card is for my very FAVORITE series - One Plus Twelve!

This is where I take a (1) stamp 

~ and only one stamp ~

and use it one a month (12) in a creative way :)




For 2021, I am using Altenew's Build-A-Flower Magnolia stamp.

This month, I tried the tie-dye background

using distress oxide inks.  

This was crazy fun!  

I tried it on two panels and this was one of the two ~

so I added a plain white flower with sparkly Wink of Stella for glitz.





This was such a fun technique to do - 

although mine didn't turn out so well, it was still wild to try :)

You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here

with this same card challenge.

And be sure to peek at my blog in one more sleep

for something NEW on the blog!

I can't wait to share it with you.





Thanks for stopping by!



5.02.2021

.... beautiful wings


Hi friends!

 I hope your weekend is going superb!

Have you been able to get crafty and make some cards?

Me, too! 

*smile!*


Each month, I try to create a card with a dragonfly ~

not just depicting my love for them,

but also to showcase my 2021 Word Of The Year - Soar!





Today I'm sharing a card using a gorgeous dragonfly 

from Gina K Designs called Beautiful Wings. 

 This stamp and die set

was a gift from my amazing daughter, Victoria :)

 Thank you, baby!

I went with tones of grey and pops of green/purple colors

to emulate the linen dragonfly shirt here for the IS challenge at SCS.

I kept the same color palette and for the necklace,

added a few silver gems.


Isn't this the sweetest sentiment :)

I'll be using this stamp and die set again and again and again <3


Thanks for stopping by!




5.01.2021

Hello salvaged patina!



 Hi friends!

Happy May

and hello Salvaged Patina!

The newest Ranger Ink from Tim Holtz has me like *heart eyes!*

This color is absolutely gorgeous

and I'm absolutely smitten :)



So here's my card ....

made with the new distress oxide ink.

It's a beautiful shade of teal-ish blue and Tiffany blue ~

and definitely a welcome color to the oxide inks! 




I've used Sweet Flowers from Altenew and decided to stamp

just the flower with the salvaged patina.

I added Altenew's Lagoon ink for the top, darker highlights.

That's one of the beauties of Altenew's stamps - 

the layering is so easy!



            The sentiment is from their Fancy Greetings stamp set

and I stamped it directly onto the vellum.

And the enamel dots are Cool Summer Nights ~

something I'm definitely looking forward to! :)




                                    Thanks for stopping by!

Card entered to:  SimonSaysStamp - Wednesday AG

Word Art Wednesday - AG

4.29.2021

CCEE2117 ~ Superhero Day!

 

Hi friends!


Wow, I can't believe it's been a WEEK since my last blog post!

It's been ... hectic here :)

But, this weekend I have a lot of free time finally 

and plan to craft and catch up!




Today's post is for Superheroes Day!

The theme this week is to include a superhero

(or two!) on a card in any way that you see a hero ...

think superheroes, nurses, doctors, teachers, soldiers, etc!



                             I went with the traditional route 

and used an MFT stamp called Super Boy.

 I also followed the weekly sketch#539 from MFT Stamps 

which made the card creation so much easier!




I used the MFT Cloud stencil to create a background

and the MFT Stamps banner dies (ret'd) to make the strips

and stamped the sentiment directly onto the cardstock. 

The superhero is nestled onto the MFT Square dienamic (ret'd)




Be sure to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog and 

see what the DT created this week!


Thanks for stopping by!






4.22.2021

CCEE2116 - Tea or Coffee /Earth Day!


Hi friends!


It's time for another challenge at the CCEE Stampers

and this week we are celebrating National Tea Day in the UK!

This week, we are creating cards wtih tea - or coffee - 

and although I have an English born mum, I'm a COFFEE girl!




My card troday is sharing some recycling since it's Earth Day.

First, here's my card and then the 'how I made it" will follow!





Here's how I recycled:

I started with a base layer of white carstock and used acrylic paint

and instead of a stamp or brush, I used a Starbucks coffee sleeve!

I had this in my stash (several, actually!) to mail with bulky cards

but it was perfect for creating a background with some drama.

And, ya know, I'd do this technique again :)





I chose green and blue acrylic paint to represent the colors of earth

and just stamped in random patterns.

Once that was dry, I stamped/die cut/colored the a la mode girl

and set it aside with foam backing.

Next, for another upcycle, I used my little granddaughter's

Starbucks crossaint pastry bag and cut circles to use as 'dsp.'




With all the pieces finally together, 

I glued it all down and added the sentiment to the inside of the card.



And that's my Team Coffee card!

Please stop by the CCEE Stampers here 

to see the Design Team's cards and link up yours, too!


Thanks for stopping by!

4.21.2021

Ready, Set, Go - Body Parts!


Hi friends!


Today's card is for the Ready, Set, Go monthly card group

where we take turns coming up with extreme card challenges.


This month, it was my turn and I chose a theme

that I thought of (like most of my ideas) at 2 am-ish :)





APRIL RSG THEME:  Body Parts!

Last year, I had news that I needed  medical hip surgery. 
 Although I was bummed, I turned that frown upside down by thinking - let's make the best of it and have some fun with body parts!

Your challenge this month is to create a card using a 
(as in one, SINGLE) body part.  You may chose any stamp company/image you like but it can only show one body part.  And because we're creative and often use the rule of 3's, let's take it up a notch!  Your body part can only be on 1/3 of the card!  The other 2/3 of the space you can use however you like, or not at all, and use whatever papers, EF, techniques, etc you like. You may also include one sentiment. Think outside the box, get as creative as you like and most of all, have fun - now let's get Ready, Set, GO!





Ready: For my card, I am using Birthday Bear

 from Gerda Steiner Designs stamp and die set.

 I'm using the ONE arm that's holding the balloon.

Set: For my 1/3, I've measured out the square and it's a folded 1/3

(in other words, if you stretch it out straight, it's an equal part).

Go: I've added a matching sentiment  to the front of the panel.

I colored the image with my copic markers

and popped the front panel and arm/hand up with 3d foam.




This turned out to be a lot harder than I expected

but it was a lot of fun :)


Thanks for stopping by!









4.19.2021

April showers!

 

Hi friends!


Mondays are always fun at Splitcoaststampers

because that means it's CAS card day!

Clean and Simple

 - formerly known as One Sheet Wonders -

are actually harder for me to do :)



I'm more of a pile on the layers

and use some fun dies 

and add othe embellisments kinda girl!

The theme this week is:  April Showers

so I chose My Favorite Things Puddle Jumper Rain or Shine.



I started by stamping the image,

then masking it off.

Next, I used Lawn Fawn's mermaid ink and a blender brush

to lightly ink the background.

Once that was blended, I pulled off the mask 

and used my copic markers to color the image bright colors!

In hindsight, I wish I had spritzed water on the background ink

but that's probably why they say it's 20/20 - LOL!



I was inspired by my friend, Timothy, on Instagram 

to color outside my norm of using peach tones.

Truthfully, I'm often shy and super conscientious about coloring 

skin tones and hair!

And the reason for that is I don't think that I'm very good at it.

I try and try and I get embarrassed because it doesn't look as good

 so I sort of "stick to what I know."

His IG is filled with Stamp Anniething chibis of all colors

and walks of life - from Black and Brown friends to White 

and everyone in between!

AND - for this one - I did do the water spritz! :)






For that reason, I decided to *try my best* to use darker skin tones

and created the same card - twice!



I'll enter my card to Simon Says Stamp - Monday - Brights!


Thanks for stopping by!